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Questions For Oral Answer - Thursday, 5 October

Paraphrased answers to today's questions will be posted in the Scoops wire shortly after 3pm.

QUESTIONS FOR ORAL ANSWER

Thursday, 5 October 2000

Questions to Ministers

   1. DAVID CUNLIFFE to the Minister for Economic Development: Has he received any reports on organised opposition to the Government's economic policies?

   2. Rt Hon JENNY SHIPLEY to the Minister for Economic Development: What response has he had to his letter to Santa titled "Slim Jim's Christmas list" when he wrote "Santa, All I want for Christmas is ... e-mails sent to all New Zealanders around the world to ask them to come home", and will any response help in achieving his economic development goals?

   3. KEVIN CAMPBELL to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: What rights will electricity consumers gain from having electricity brought under the Consumer Guarantees Act, as the Government's power package proposes?

   4. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree that the way for New Zealand to avoid the stagflation scenario is for households to accept that they are poorer, and not to seek compensation for decreased spending power via higher wages?

   5. PETER BROWN to the Minister of Immigration: Prior to reaching her recent decision to permit up to 8,000 illegal overstayers to remain in New Zealand and in two years' time consider favourably their applications to become New Zealand citizens, was she advised whether there were any other countries upon whom that decision could impact; if so, did she consult with them?

   6. Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the outlook for price increases over the next 12 months?

   7. JANET MACKEY to the Minister of Justice: What is the role of the taskforce on youth offending which he established this week?

   8. Hon RICHARD PREBBLE to the Minister of Finance: What action, if any, is he going to take in response to the Reserve Bank Governor's warning of the possibility of stagflation?

   9. JEANETTE FITZSIMONS to the Minister for the Environment: Will the Government actively work to achieve an international agreement with the goal of ultimately eliminating release of persistent organic pollutants, including dioxins, into the environment; if not, why not?

   10. Hon Dr NICK SMITH to the Attorney-General: Does she accept that she made an error of judgment in not referring her decision to approve a substantial and secret payout to former Mangaroa Prison inmates to Cabinet?

   11. JUDY KEALL to the Minister of Health: In light of the comments by Rt Hon Simon Upton, a previous Minister of Health, that the execution of the health reforms of the 1990s was, he thought, seriously flawed, what steps has she taken to ensure the mistakes of the past do not happen again?

   12. Dr PAUL HUTCHISON to the Minister of Consumer Affairs: Is she still convinced that baby walkers pose a serious injury risk?

ENDS

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